Rituals connected with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year commences with bathing on the last day of the old year which falls today.
Folklore researcher Mahinda Kumara Dalupotha stated that bathing for the Old Year brings good health and consecration.
The New Year will dawn at 7:20pm tomorrow while the Punya Kalaya is scheduled from 12:56pm to 1:44am the following day.
The auspicious time for preparing meals is at 7:42pm on the 13th.
Starting work, engaging in the first transactions of the New Year and partaking in meals is scheduled for 10:28pm.